K-pop girl group shoot video after backlash in China over baby panda

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Reality TV episode showing K-pop girl group BLACKPINK holding a newly born panda has been fired after accusations in China the group mishandled a national treasure, the latest row between South Korean entertainment stars and the public of its big neighbor.

South Korean boyband BTS came under heavy criticism in China last month after its leader made remarks about the Korean War, and some BTS-related products were removed from sites Chinese web. Fu Bao, the first panda born in South Korea was presented to the public last week. Fu Bao’s parents arrived in 2016 from the Chinese province of Sichuan, the homeland of the giant pandas, as part of Chinese “panda diplomacy”.

BLACKPINK included footage of the group members holding the baby panda in a teaser that aired on YouTube earlier this month. Some local Chinese media and online commentators denounced the girl group for touching Fu Bao with bare hands and wearing too much makeup, saying it threatened the young cub’s health. The comments sparked a storm on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

As of Tuesday, there were millions of views and 55,000 posts of the “Blackpink hit the little panda wrong” hashtag on Weibo. The full episode was scheduled to air on November 7 and has been postponed, according to the group’s music label, YG Entertainment, although it has defended the production.

“When BLACKPINK first met the baby panda, all members were wearing hygiene gloves, masks and protective clothing… hands and shoes were sanitized at each transition,” the agency said in a statement. The hashtags “BLACKPINK” and “Panda” were all the rage in South Korea Twitter also good on weekends. Some South Korean social media users rebuffed Chinese criticism, urging South Korea to “return the pandas” or arguing that “the pandas are not ours and it is too expensive to breed them anyway” .

News Highlights:

  • Reality TV episode showing K-pop girl group BLACKPINK holding a newly born panda has been taken down after accusations in China the group mismanaged a national treasure, the latest row between South Korean entertainment stars and the public of its big neighbor. South Korean boyband BTS came under heavy criticism in China last month after its leader made remarks about the Korean War, and some BTS-related products were removed from sites Chinese web.
  • K-pop girl group shoot video after backlash in China over baby panda
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